Traditional Dental Implants Offer Unparalleled Stability
For patients who are interested in restoring missing teeth, Drs. Jeffrey J. Emmi, Laura Dougherty, and Jeffrey Bartoshesky frequently recommend dental implants. Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted within a patient's jaw. They can be placed in any number of ways to support single- and multiple-tooth restorations and restore patients' sense of security. Implant-supported restorations are virtually identical to natural teeth. To meet our patients' diverse restorative needs, we offer several types of implants, including traditional dental implants. Contact Wilmington's Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates to learn more about dental implants and find out if they are right for you.
Placing Traditional Dental Implants
Your doctor will use the latest imaging technology to determine the optimal position for your implants. Then he will numb your gums and create tiny incisions in the soft tissue. Next, he will place your implant posts securely in the jawbone. During your recovery, a process that typically takes four to six months, your bone will seal around these posts. In this way, the implants will take the place of your missing dental roots, becoming a permanent part of your mouth.
When your recovery is complete, Dr. Emmi or an associate will attach your new restoration to the top of the posts. Traditional implants can support a crown, a bridge, or a full denture. These restorations will be custom-fabricated to match your surrounding teeth and facial structure.
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We offer dental implants at Smile Solutions, which replace missing teeth using a titanium post that replaces the tooth root. Our Wilmington offices can restore dental implants with beautiful, high-quality prostheses that are long-lasting. Our prostheses also blend naturally to match patients' natural teeth, and can help strengthen weakened jaw bone, among other benefits.
Are You a Candidate for Traditional Implants?
As a candidate for dental implants, you should be in good physical and dental health. If you smoke or have diabetes, you may not be a candidate, since you will have a higher risk of implant failure. Additionally, you should have enough jawbone volume to fully support the implant posts. Jaw recession is a common side effect of tooth loss. Therefore, Dr. Emmi or one of his associates will carefully examine your oral structure to ascertain whether you are a candidate for traditional implants. Fortunately, even if you have lost jawbone density, your dentist can often build up the jaw with a bone grafting procedure.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer significant advantages for your appearance, self-confidence, and overall health.
- Because implants are permanently anchored to your jawbone, implant-supported restorations will never slip out of place.
- Implants are permanent. When you care for them properly, they could last a lifetime.
- Implant-supported restorations are carefully crafted to match your surrounding teeth. They also sit directly against your jawbone, so they are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth.
- In some cases, implants can actually stimulate jawbone regeneration. Typically, Dr. Emmi will try to place one implant for every missing tooth. Even when this is not possible, he will place several implants at a time. In this way, you can enjoy greater bone stimulation.
- With the many cosmetic and health-related benefits of dental implants, you can eat, speak, and smile free of worries. You may even enjoy a significant boost of self-confidence.
Schedule Your Appointment
To learn more about traditional implants and our other restorative options, book an appointment with Dr. Emmi or one of his associates today.